Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 241

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Karma-yoga—Action in krsna Consciousness
Chapter 5: Verse-12

yuktah karma-phalam tyaktvä
säntim äpnoti naisthikim
ayuktah käma-kärena
phale sakto nibadhyate[1]


The steadily devoted soul attains unadulterated peace because he offers the result of all activities to Me; whereas a person who is not in union with the Divine, who is greedy for the fruits of his labor, becomes entangled.


The difference between a person in krsna consciousness and a person in bodily consciousness is that the former is attached to krsna where as the latter is attached to the results of his activities. The person who is attached to krsna and works for Him only is certainly a liberated person, and he has no anxiety over the results of his work. In the Bhägavatam, the cause of anxiety over the result of an activity is explained as being one’s functioning in the conception of duality, that is, without knowledge of the Absolute Truth.krsna is the Supreme Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead. In krsna consciousness, there is no duality. All that exists is a product of Krsna’s energy, and krsna is all good. Therefore, activities in krsna consciousness are on the absolute plane; they are transcendental and have no material effect. One is therefore filled with peace in krsna consciousness. But one who is entangled in profit calculation for sense gratification cannot have that peace. This is the secret of Krsna consciousness—realization that there is no existence besides krsna is the platform of peace and fearlessness.



  1. yuktah=one who is engaged in devotional service; karma-phalam=the results of all activities; tyaktvä=giving up; säntim=perfect peace; äpnoti=achieves; naisthikim=unflinching; ayuktah=one who is not in krsna consciousness; käma-kärena=for enjoying the result of work; phale=in the result; saktah=attached; nibadhyate=becomes entangled.

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